Monday, March 5, 2007

Jerry Lee Lewis DVD out Tuesday

Following the tremendously successful release of his #1 Independent charted album Last Man Standing last fall, tomorrow, March 6th, 2007 Artists First and Shangri-La Entertainment will be releasing a very special Jerry Lee Lewis Live DVD. Jerry Lee Lewis Last Man Standing LIVE is history in the making featuring a Rolling Stone, a couple of Jones, an Eagle and a man on a throne.

Lewis proves yet again that he doesn’t get older; The Killer keeps getting bolder. For the filming of this unique, live DVD, he gathered with friends, family and rock ‘n’ roll icons to perform at a series of private shows in New York and Los Angeles. Rock ‘n’ roll, soul and country music legends gathered from the world ‘round to show their admiration for one of the great original song stylists of all time. Last Man Standing LIVE is an intimate and unprecedented event in music history, which includes interviews, as well as documentary and archival footage.

The DVD’s roster of music all-stars includes 11 Grammy winners with 36 awards among them, six members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, one member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, and three members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. The guest artists are Willie Nelson, Tom Jones, Chris Isaak, Norah Jones, Buddy Guy, Solomon Burke, Merle Haggard, Kid Rock, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Wood, Don Henley, and John Fogerty.

Lewis and his peers were backed by an all-star band throughout the filming of these performances including Jim Keltner on drums, Rick Rosas on bass, Nils Lofgren on guitar and pedal steel, Ken Lovelace and Jimmy Rip on guitar, Ivan Neville on organ and piano, and Maxayn Lewis, Stacie Plunk, and Charlotte Gibson singing backup. Keltner is a legendary drummer who has worked with Rock ‘n’ Roll’s all time greats including John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and more. Lofgren is a well respected solo artist in his own right who has worked with some of rock’s most celebrated acts including as a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. Neville, who is part of New Orleans’ most famous musical family, is an accomplished solo artist and full time member of the Neville Brothers with his father Aaron. Rip, who produced Lewis’s Last Man Standing, is one of the most sought after session guitarists and producers who can be heard on albums by Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, and Debbie Harry. Last, but not least, Lovelace is a highly regarded Nashville session guitarist who will mark his 40th year as Jerry Lee’s bandleader this May.

A related television special is airing exclusively on the PBS network nationwide. The special began on March 3, 2007 as a “Great Performances” special and will air during the network’s spring pledge drive through March 18, 2007.

A special double disc version will be released at the same time as the DVD, featuring the DVD plus an audio CD with 8 never-before-released live recordings of some of Lewis’ all time greats.

The DVD tracks are:

Great Balls of Fire Chantilly Lace
Green Green Grass of Home with Tom Jones
End of the Road with Tom Jones
Who Will the Next Fool Be with Solomon Burke
Today I Started Lovin’ You Again with Solomon Burke
Crazy Arms with Norah Jones
Your Cheatin’ Heart with Norah Jones
Hadacol Boogie with Buddy Guy
Don’t Put No Headstone on My Grave
Somewhere Over the Rainbow with Chris Isaak
Cry with Chris Isaak
Rockin’ My Life Away with Ron Wood
Lewis Boogie
Bumming Around with Merle Haggard
What’d I Say with Ivan Neville
Once More With Feeling with Kris Kristofferson
CC Rider with John Fogerty
Will the Circle Be Unbroken with John Fogerty & Kris Kristofferson
Good Golly Miss Molly with John Fogerty
Trouble in Mind with Ron Wood
Jambalaya with Willie Nelson
You Win Again with Don Henley
Little Queenie with Kid Rock
Honky Tonk Woman with Kid Rock
That Lucky Old Sun with Ken Lovelace
Roll Over Beethoven
Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On

Plus Bonus Features Including: Goodnight Irene with Merle Haggard
The audio tracks available only on the double disc DVD/CD are:

Roll Over Beethoven
Chantilly Lace
That Lucky Old Sun
Lewis Boogie
Don’t Put No Headstone On My Grave
Great Balls of Fire
Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On

Lewis’ critically acclaimed album Last Man Standing debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Independent Album Chart, at #4 on the Billboard Top Country Album Chart and at #26 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart in the first week of its release. Last Man Standing, which has sold over 325,000 to date worldwide, ended 2006 on Billboard’s Top 25 Independent Albums Of The Year. The star-studded album, which features 15 members of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame including Lewis himself, has shipped nearly 400,000 thousand units and hit #6 on the Americana Radio Charts. The Killer has made his comeback.
Last Man Standing has been widely praised: “Jerry Lee Lewis reinforces his status as one of rock 'n' roll's founding fathers” according to Vanity Fair; Randy Lewis of the Los Angeles Times raves “[Jimmy Rip and Steve Bing] succeeded in capturing him sounding more feisty and singularly expressive at 71 than anyone could reasonably imagine” and Jon Pareles of the New York Times says, “The album is packed with rock-star guests…and Mr. Lewis easily dominates them all." Chuck Young writes in Rolling Stone, “The only guy in all of music who makes Keith Richards look about as dangerous as Jessica Simpson, the Killer continues to rage into the night" and Edna Gundersen of USA Today praises "On Standing, the tenacious Lewis still sounds like a swaggering, defiant champion with no intention of relinquishing his belt anytime soon."

Superstar artists performing duets with Jerry Lee Lewis on Last Man Standing are: Jimmy Page ("Rock and Roll"), B.B. King ("Before The Night Is Over"), Bruce Springsteen ("Pink Cadillac"), Mick Jagger on vocals and Ronnie Wood on pedal steel guitar ("Evening Gown"), Neil Young ("You Don't Have To Go"), Robbie Robertson ("Twilight"), John Fogerty ("Travelin' Band"), Keith Richards ("That Kind of Fool"), Ringo Starr on vocals ("Sweet Little Sixteen"), Merle Haggard (“Just a Bummin’ Around”), Kid Rock (“Honky Tonk Woman”), Rod Stewart ("What's Made Milwaukee Famous"), George Jones ("Don't Be Ashamed of Your Age"), Willie Nelson (“Couple More Years”),Toby Keith ("Ol' Glory"), Eric Clapton ("Trouble In Mind"), Little Richard ("I Saw Her Standing There"), Delaney Bramlett ("Lost Highway"), Buddy Guy (“Hadacol Boogie”), Don Henley (“What Makes The Irish Heart Beat”), Kris Kristofferson (“The Pilgrim”).

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